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New Warehouse facility unveiled to public

22-Jun-2017

Excitement is running high at St Mary’s Hospice. On 22nd June St Mary’s hosted the grand opening of it's new and improved warehouse facility, at Duke Street, Barrow. The new premise was opened by Barrow Mayor Tony Callister who welcomed a flurry of customers excited to get in and have a look around.

Caroline Welch, Head of Retail: “I’m chuffed to bits. It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m delighted to see the amount of people come through the door this morning. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from our customers. I’m grateful to all the local business who have helped and supported us on this adventure.”

One customer said “It looks brilliant. I love how light it is in here. And I love how it’s set out, it’s so clear and makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.”  

                         

Tony Callister said “I think the new premises are fit for purpose. It’s a great way to expand. The dedicated and support of the staff at St Marys Hospice is fantastic, but that’s Barrow. Us Barrovians stick together.”

We had a few Trustees pop in to attend the opening. Andrew Wren who volunteers his time as a Trustee said “I think it’s amazing. It’s huge in here and full of quality stock. The location is fantastic and exciting with the new clinical services that will be right next door in future.”

“The most exciting thing for us as a hospice,” said Val Stangoe, CEO, “is that by having the new clinical space attached to the Furniture Warehouse we can make this new hospice site in Barrow affordable. We won’t have beds on this Barrow site but over time we will be able to offer everything else the hospice does.”

Our volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past months to help get the new warehouse up and running. Our Volunteer Manager Catherine Sullivan said “Volunteers support us in everything we do. Massive thank you to all the volunteering team that have got us here today.” An example of the great work of our volunteers is Roy Coulton who volunteered 6 weeks of his time to painting the furniture at the warehouse. One of our young volunteers Matthew Walsh was there on the day helping customers he said “It’s brilliant, we’re moving up and doing better things.”

Many of the Retail team were there to bask in their hard work. Carol Edmondson, Dalton Shop Manager said “I think it’s stunning. It’s a real credit to the hospice. And credit to all the people who have made it happen, a lot of hard work went into it.” Paul Madden,Warehouse Manager said “All under one roof! From beds to electricals from beds to electrical to bric a brac and quirky stuff upcycles, we have it all.” Alan Boyle, Warehouse Manager “It’s much better than the old place. It’s lighter, brighter and better for the customer. We have everything under one roof.”

 

 

 


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